June 14, 2019
LOWELL» Cub Scout Pack 206 raced their Pinewood Derby recently with the support of other Scouting units in the city.
Because Pack 206 doesn't have the equipment needed to fully enjoy the Pinewood Derby experience, Scouts from Pack 7 and Troop 7, chartered at St. Rita's Parish in Lowell, came to Lowell Community Charter Public School to give the boys of 206 a race day to remember.
"Our goal is to communicate and showcase the value of Scouting to underserved communi-ties," said Jon Pleva, chief operating officer of the Spirit of Adventure Council, which offers the "Scoutreach" program.
The Pinewood Derby is Cub Scouting's signature event. The Scouts design their cars and, with the support of a helpful adult, build it from a block of wood and then decorate it.
The LCCPS Cub Scouts built their cars with the support of their teachers and leaders, Kim Shanahan, Brian Downey and Susan Hughes, along with some technical support from the school's Facilities Department. Local Scout leaders from the Westwind Cub Scout Day Camp in Chelmsford came to the school to help with the final assembly.
Needing a racetrack, the council reached out to other Lowell Scout units. When he was asked to deliver a memorable Pinewood Derby to the boys of 206, Pack 7 Cubmaster David Langlais said, "A Scout is helpful," citing the third point of Scout Law.
Four adult leaders from the pack, along with four Cub Scout,s joined more than a dozen adult and youth volunteers from Troop 7 to decorate the cafeteria, and assemble and operate a high-tech aluminum track with an electronic starting gate, laser timers and a computerized race program.
The Scouts were thrilled to see their names projected on a screen along with times and speeds.
"What a memory for the kids," said LCCPS librarian and Pack 206 den leader Susan Hughes.